5 star rating: Highly Recommended 27 Reviews

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  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration:  5 hours (approx.)
This scenic, relaxing Napa Valley wine-tasting experience takes you from San Francisco to downtown Napa to ride the historic Napa Valley Wine Train. Traveling through wine country in a restored antique train, enjoy views of the rolling hills and lush vineyards of St Helena, Oakville, Rutherford and Yountville as you enjoy a gourmet 3-course meal. Hop off the train at the winery of your choice for a guided vineyard tour and tasting session. Choose from four different itineraries to visit Raymond Vineyards, Grgich Hills Estate, ZD Wines or Domaine Chandon to taste the best wine that Napa has to offer!

Highlights

  • Napa Valley Wine Train and winery tour from San Francisco
  • Take a relaxing, scenic 2-hour ride on the famous Napa Valley Wine Train
  • Enjoy picturesque views as you travel through St Helena, Oakville, Rutherford and Yountville
  • Sit down to a gourmet 3-course lunch on board
  • Visit one or two Napa wineries for a guided vineyard tour and wine tasting
  • All tastings, tours, lunch and ferry/shuttle transport included

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What You Can Expect

Napa Valley Wine Train from San Francisco: Gourmet Lunch, Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour

Enjoy Wine Tasting in Napa Valley

Head to the Ferry Building in San Francisco in the morning. Depending on the day you select, you’ll take the ferry (Mon-Fri) or a bus (Sat-Sun) from here to Vallejo, where you’ll then hop on a shuttle and travel north to Napa.

Board the Napa Valley Wine Train in downtown Napa and journey north through beautiful Napa Valley wine country. You'll be served a gourmet 3-course lunch prepared to your specifications from the highly acclaimed onboard restaurant, which uses fresh ingredients, sustainable produce, humanely raised meats and line-caught or farmed fish (see below for a sample menu).

Choose from four different itineraries, listed below. Please check in 30 minutes prior to departure. All transfers and tastings are included. After your winery tour and train ride, you'll be taken back to San Francisco.

Itinerary

Valley First Tour (offered every day)
Board a coach in downtown Napa at 10am and head straight to Raymond Vineyards for a 1.5-hour winery tour and tasting. On the way, enjoy views of Napa Valley’s less-developed east side as you travel along the Silverado Trail.

Arriving at the winery, begin with an introduction to the winery's history and organic farming practices, and then take a guided stroll between the rows of vines while learning about the biodynamic grapes -- those grown without the use of pesticides and artificial chemicals.

Sip a variety of wines in the tasting room while chatting with the sommelier, and then explore the extensive production space to see the machinery and facilities involved in the crushing, fermentation, bottling and storage of wine. You'll have an opportunity to purchase some of Raymond's wines if you wish.

You'll be taken to the train station in the afternoon. Sit back and relax with a complimentary glass of wine and enjoy the views as you ride north to the quaint town of St Helena. Savor your 3-course meal in the dining car and enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine from the bar (own expense) as you pass through Oakville, Rutherford and Yountville, home to The French Laundry, Thomas Keller’s highly acclaimed restaurant. Arrive back in Napa in the afternoon.

Grgich Hills Tour (offered every day)
After boarding the train at 10:50am, you'll be served your meal in the Petite Gourmet Car. Admire views of Napa Valley as you enjoy your appetizer and main course.

Travel north to Rutherford and disembark at Grgich Hills Estate for a 1-hour private tour and tasting. This award-winning family-owned winery also grows biodynamic grapes, which you'll learn about on your guided walk around the vineyards. Then, get a behind-the-scenes look at the cellar and enjoy a private tasting with a wine educator. You may even get to meet Mike Grgich himself!

After your tour, hop on the train again and head to the lounge car for dessert and coffee. The remaining hour of your trip can be spent relaxing with your fellow travelers or exploring the rest of the train. Arrive in downtown Napa around 2:30pm.

Ambassador Tour (offered Monday through Thursday)
Before you board the train around 11am, begin with an educational wine seminar at the Napa train station. Learn about wine culture in Napa Valley from a wine educator, who'll answer any questions you have.

Enjoy lunch in the Petite Gourmet Car right after you board. As you eat, marvel at the beautiful western side of Napa Valley and then head to the lounge car for coffee and dessert.

Hop off the train in Rutherford and then board a luxury coach for a ride to Raymond Vineyards, where you'll take a 1-hour winery tour followed by a tasting. Explore Raymond's winemaking facilities and taste wine directly from the barrel. End with an exclusive tasting of select Raymond Reserve and Small Lot series red and white wines.

Continue to a second winery, ZD Wines, for an additional 1-hour tour and tasting. Discover this family-operated winery's organic methods and solar-powered machinery on your tour, and visit the cellar to view what's fermenting. Finish with a tasting of current-release wines accompanied by nuts, fruits and cheeses, all while enjoying sweeping views of Napa Valley.

Re-board the coach for a 30-minute drive south on the scenic Silverado Trail, arriving in Napa train around 4pm.

Domaine Chandon Tour (offered Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays)
At the Napa train station, you’ll receive an overview on what to expect throughout the day. Afterwards, board the train and head to the Petite Gourmet Car to enjoy your meal, followed by dessert and coffee in the lounge car.

Ride north through Napa Valley and disembark in Rutherford, where you'll board a private shuttle for a drive to Domaine Chandon. Here, enjoy a 1-hour tour and tasting starting with a walk through the vineyards. Tour the production room while learning about the history of this winery's French founders.

Sample Domaine Chandon's signature sparkling wines. You’ll have time to relax and purchase items before your shuttle ride back to downtown Napa in the late afternoon.

Sample Menu

Appetizer (choose one)
  • Baby lettuce salad with candied walnuts and smoked goat cheese in a honey cider vinaigrette
  • Soup du jour
Main Course (choose one)
  • Roasted beef tenderloin on a black truffle potato cake with onion and cambozola cheese
  • Grilled pork tenderloin stuffed with wild mushroom polenta on vegetables in a truffle port reduction sauce
  • Coriander chicken breast in a wild mushroom pappardelle pasta with pesto
  • Grilled salmon on fingerling potatoes and sautéed baby spinach in a coconut curry broth topped with a calamari salad
  • Winter squash polenta with a spinach-ricotta portabella and yam-stuffed pepper in a tomato-basil coulis
Dessert
  • Changes daily
Drinks
  • One glass of wine (Valley First option only)
  • Coffee and tea
  • Espresso, cappuccino, soft drinks, juices and mineral water (additional cost)

Customer Reviews

Clare M
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Very slick but charming tour. The Raymond Vineyard (Valley First option) was well worth a trip and the wine was so so good! The food on the train was far better than expected.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Great trip to Napa Valley! The ferry ride to Vallejo was very pleasant and our bus was already there when we got out from the ferry. We soon reached the wine train and boarded. The train is trully amazing! Food is good and after we finished lunch we went to explore the rest of the train, as ghe staff also recommended we do. Unfortunately we missed our stop at Domaine Chandon. There is no announcement, so you don't know when to get off.
The train crew were great. They called the bus and were in constant contact with them, so they arranged to stop the train in another stop (not normally serviced by the Wine Train) and when we got off the shuttle was there to take us to Domaine Chandon. That is true dedication and a great service! So in the end we did have our wine tasting and returned very satisfied. Would definitely recommend the tour!

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